The new head of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday blocked some $235 million in military aid to Egypt after his predecessor was indicted in a corruption case linked to Cairo.

US Senator Ben Cardin Blocks Military Aid to Egypt

Senator Ben Cardin, who replaced Bob Menendez targeted by justice, informed the head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken that his blocking of funds “will persist until specific progress on human rights is made”, he said in a statement.

The Democratic senator is calling in particular for the release of some of the approximately 60,000 political prisoners in the country led by President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.

Egypt recently refused to supply military aid to Ukraine.